From the pen of Howard Thurman:
“May the sounds of Advent stir a longing in your people, O God. Come again to set us free from the dullness of routine and the poverty of our imaginations. Break the patterns which bind us to small commitments and to the stale answers we have given to questions of no importance. Let the Advent trumpet blow, let the walls of our defenses crumble, and make a place in our lives for the freshness of your love, well-lived in the Spirit, and still given to all who know their need and dare receive it. Amen” (The Mood of Christmas).
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From Joseph Tetlow, SJ:
“Oh, Lord my God, You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful things. You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb. You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me in every moment of my existence. I am amazed, Lord God of the universe, that you attend to me and, more, cherish me. Create in me the faithfulness that moves you, and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.”
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